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Spring is well and truly under way at Kings Weston House, and here’s the evidence! Find out some top facts about this gorgeous spring arrival with ARKive.

Bluebells at BioBlitz

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Arnos Vale cemetery is home to all kinds of flora and fauna, including some of the most magnificent trees in the city. Here are a few of the trees and flowers we’ve seen on our travels today.

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We’ve had several interesting finds so far, but one that tells a particularly interesting story is Geum urbanum, also knows as Herb Bennet, Wood Avens and the Blessed Plant.

Its leaves have three parts, which according to christian folklore portray the holy trinity. And the five petals of its flowers are said to represent the five wounds of christ.

This is why carvings of this unassuming plant are often found in carvings in churches from the middle ages. Small but resplendent with history. A flower with a story indeed.

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Geum urbanum: The blessed plant

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Some of the more interesting finds are perhaps some of the species that we take for granted in such public parks – the plants and trees.

Dave Molesworth, a UK flowering plants and bryophytes enthusiast, scoured the ground with his camera earlier today and managed to perfectly capture some of the species that are most interesting to him.

Among these plants and trees, were two native geraniums – Herb-robert (Geranium robertianum) and Cutleaved cranes bill (Geranium dissectum). Dave also managed to photograph Wych elm (Ulmus glabra), a tree decimated by disease, but which now appears to be coming back in to the parks of Britain.

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One of the more striking finds was the Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon). A beautiful plant, which looks extraordinary in the wonderful ground on a sunny day! Also, Dave stumbled upon Jack-by-the-hedge (Alliaria petiolata), commonly known as Garlic mustard, thanks to it’s flavour.

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Jack-by-the-hedge

It tastes good in salads, but perhaps more intriguing is the plant’s medicinal purpose – the member of the Brassicacae family can be used to treat a variety of ailments – from a sore throat to gangrene!

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